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    Default Major issue with enabling PCIE Link speed GEN3

    Hello everyone

    Recently I bought brand new MoBo Asrock X79 Extreme4. I have i7-4820k Intel LGA 2011 CPU and Sapphire Radeon 7950 Vapor-X VGA. When i try to enable PCIE Link Speed to Gen3 in the BIOS, after save the changes in the BIOS configuration, my PC makes 5 beeps with error d6. If i back the PCIE Link Speed to Gen2 - everythings work solid fine. My CPU and my VGA both Supports PCIE 3.0. Please to advice me about this issue - any help would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Major issue with enabling PCIE Link speed GEN3

    Do you know what BIOS version your board has? You must use version 3.20 from your board's download page, for your IVB-E CPU to be compatible with your board. There is also a different INF/chipset installation program that must be run, and a new version of the Intel IME software that must be installed.

    If you did all this already, there may be a problem with that BIOS update, or an unknown compatibility problem with your video card.

    The D6 error you have is: No Console Output Devices are found, which means a video source failure. Currently setting the PCI-E speed to 3.0 causes a failure of the board to communicate with the video card.

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    Default Re: Major issue with enabling PCIE Link speed GEN3

    My BIOS version is 3.20 ( bought the Mobo with it already installed). These INF\chipset installation program and Intel IME software must be run through Windows right ? Will they affect somehow the BIOS to allow it to enable PCIE 3.0 without problem ? Or they are for Windows compability issues ?

    Update* : I reflash the BIOS with the file i downloaded from the Asrock site, ran all the install packages through Windows, but the problem still exsist :(
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    Default Re: Major issue with enabling PCIE Link speed GEN3

    What am I thinking, I forgot about an important step... but since your board had BIOS version 3.20 on it from the factory, I don't understand why the following should make a difference.

    We learned from the earlier BIOS updates for the standard Sandy Bridge (SB) to Ivy Bridge (IVB) processor compatibility, on the Intel 6 series chipset boards, that the BIOS update also performed an IME firmware update on the board. The instructions to perform this BIOS and IME firmware update were not clear to many users. The following is from an ASRock FAQ about the SB to IVB BIOS compatibility update:

    Note: If you use a USB flash drive to update BIOS, after new BIOS image has been written to the chip, please
    press any key to restart system. At this moment, please do not remove the USB flash drive. Intel ME firmware
    update procedure will proceed automatically if it is required.


    Again, I don't understand why your board would need the IME firmware applied, and even if there is a difference in IME firmware on your board.

    I was going to suggest clearing the CMOS/BIOS on your board, but if you performed an update to 3.20 (again), the CMOS should have been cleared.

    If you try the Auto setting for the PCI-E speed, can you check if the board switches to 3.0 speed while in use?

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    I don't have the option "Auto" in my PCIE Link speed options for the separate PCIE slots - the options are Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3. The default option is Gen2. When i reflashed my BIOS with 3.20 again I was keep in mind, that i don't have to remove the USB drive in case, that IME update is required. On the USB drive I was copied only the BIOS file i downloaded. The other 3 softwares listed in ASRock > X79 Extreme4 ( AXTU , Intel ME, INF Driver ) I installed through my OS - Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. Did i have to copy any other files to my USB drive, along with the BIOS update file ?
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    Default Re: Major issue with enabling PCIE Link speed GEN3

    Quote Originally Posted by Samail View Post
    I don't have the option "Auto" in my PCIE Link speed options for the separate PCIE slots - the options are Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3. The default option is Gen2. When i reflashed my BIOS with 3.20 again I was keep in mind, that i don't have to remove the USB drive in case, that IME update is required. On the USB drive I was copied only the BIOS file i downloaded. The other 3 softwares listed in ASRock > X79 Extreme4 ( AXTU , Intel ME, INF Driver ) I installed through my OS - Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. Did i have to copy any other files to my USB drive, along with the BIOS update file ?
    No, you do not need to copy any other files to the USB flash drive with the BIOS file. The IME firmware is in that file, it is a part of the 3.20 BIOS file itself, nothing else needs to be put on the USB drive.

    You are doing everything right, according to what you wrote, including leaving the USB drive in the PC after it restarts. The INF, IME, and AXTU updates are all Windows programs, just as you said, that is all correct. You have not done anything wrong, or missed something you should have done, it all seems perfect, given what you have told us.

    Assuming that you did everything right, and since your board came with BIOS 3.20 anyway, it should have the correct IME firmware from the factory anyway, then your issue seems to be either a problem with the BIOS itself, or the board is not 100% compatible with your video card. I hope ASRock sees this thread and tests this with your video card and mother board/CPU.

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    I hope so too :) Thank you very much for the kind advices and assistance. Will wait until Asrock release new BIOS and will try with it - hope that will fix my issue. That was my first Asrock product i buy - hope it will not be the last. And if anyone else have the similar problem and found how to fix it it or want to help with advice - please post in this thread.

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    Default Re: Major issue with enabling PCIE Link speed GEN3

    I have sent a private message to ASRock TSD - Emily and asked her to check out your thread.
    Hopefully ASRock will be able to test with an identical system to verify the problem.
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    Default Re: Major issue with enabling PCIE Link speed GEN3

    Thank you for the quick assistance - will wait response from ASRock TSD ​- I hope they will find solution of my problem.
    Last edited by Samail; 10-08-2013 at 02:41 PM.

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    Default Re: Major issue with enabling PCIE Link speed GEN3

    Dear Samail,

    I'm checking this issue and will update the result to you later.

    Thanks for the detailed verification!

    Have a nice day
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